How to Feed and Keep Your Muse

There are so many wonderful essays in Ray Bradbury’s Zen and the Art of Writing. If I could only read one, it would be “How to Feed and Care for your Muse.” I’m going to be very brief in telling you why, in hopes that you’ll hurriedly read through this post and dash off to […]

The House On the Strand

Strange book, and all the more reason to love Daphne du Maurier. She combines elements of time travel, historical fiction and gothic literature, all the while writing about her own home. The story begins with Dick Young, the first-person narrator, who has left his job with a publishing firm in London and travelled to Cornwall […]


I’m spending the summer with Daphne du Maurier, and I’ve fallen in love with her. How is it that she didn’t cross my path before? It all started with the movie, Frenchman’s Creek, with Joan Fontaine playing Dona, the lovely, high-spirited Lady St. Columb. Such a yummy fantasy, to find a handsome French pirate has […]